For many of us with fast-paced modern lifestyles, remembering to water our houseplants is not as easy as remembering our morning cup of coffee. But fortunately, if you ever make coffee at home, and if you forget to water your plants as much as I do, there's an easy answer for a plant pick-me-up.
I must confess, I don't know much about gardening, and I only keep houseplants for aesthetic and air quality values. But when my grandmother passed away, I inherited her houseplants as well as a couple of tips from her that can help perk up the plants if they happen to find themselves wilting away for lack of attention.
Most weary plants can be pruned down to the part of the stem where green is found. This will not only help plants grow thicker, but also give new life to them when they are fading. But here's the greatest tip I remember from Grandma: When you make a pot of coffee in the morning to fuel your day, your plants can benefit from the grounds! Just spread your used coffee grounds on the top of the soil, and water as usual. You might be surprised at how perky they will become.
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